Domestic and family violence is an abhorrent crime. It causes immeasurable damage at every level of our communities and is related to approximately 40% of all homicides. Consequently, the NSW Police Force is committed to reducing domestic and family violence, and ensuring a swift and appropriate response to victims of this complex crime.

Responding to domestic and family violence incidents is a frequent and significant component of a police officer’s work. Invariably the circumstances are highly emotionally charged and that can create volatile and unpredictable situations for first responders as well as for victims and their families.

The Code of Practice reflects our commitment to building trust and confidence in the NSW Police Force amongst victims of personal violence with the aim of increased reporting and legal action rates.

Download the full Code of Practice (PDF)